There are many different pathways through the incredible Annapurna Mountains. Some of these treks are quite challenging and designed for the experienced trekker. Others are easier and are ideal for beginners, people with young families or those who have artificial joints. The Annapurna Panorama Lodge Trekking is an easier trek that doesn't skimp on natural beauty or scenic opportunities. Even experienced trekkers will enjoy the superb beauty of this trek.
You can also choose to ride a horse on this trail. Most of the trek can be done on horseback, giving you a very different perspective of the mountains.
The Annapurna Panorama Lodge Trek offers all of the highlights of the Annapurna Region. There is a magnificent sunrise over Pool Hill that will take your breath away as you watch the rays of the effulgent sun turn the snowcapped peaks from grey to reddish orange and finally to a brilliant white. There are views of the world's deepest gorge on the Kali Gandaki River. There is plenty of local culture as you will pass through Gurung and Magar villages. And then, there are the mountains. There are so many snowcapped peaks that rise majestically into the cobalt blue skies.
The Annapurna Panorama Lodge Trek will take you from Pokhara to Phedi by private vehicle where you will start your trek. You will have an opportunity to see three of the 10 highest peaks in the world that are over 8,000 meters (Dhaulagiri #7, Manaslu #8 and Annapurna I, #10). This trek is also unique as you can choose to trek riding a horse in the mountains. This is one option that offers a great way to see the mountains, even for those who normally would not be able to walk the entire trip.
The Annapurna Panorama Lodge Trek is not offered by other companies. This is one of the exclusive treks that we have designed especially for our clientele. This is a trek that anyone can take that is in reasonable shape and enjoys the outdoors. Call or write Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition for more information about this incredible trek in the Annapurna mountains.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
DAY 2 – Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
DAY 3 – Fly to Pokhara, then drive to Phedi and begin trek/ride to Dhampus (elev. 1650 m) 2 hours.
DAY 4 – Trek/ride to Landruk Village (elev. 1565 m) – 6 hours
DAY 5 – Trek/ride to Ghandruk Village (elev. 1940 m) – 5 hours
DAY 6 – Trek/ride to Tadapani Village (elev. 2590 m) – 4 hours
DAY 7 – Trek/ride to Ghorepani (elev. 2750 m) – 6 hours
DAY 8 – Trek/ride to Tatopani (elev. 1190 m) – 7 hours
DAY 9 – Trek/ride to Ghaleshwor (elev. 1170 m) – 6 hours
DAY 10 – Drive to Pokhara in private vehicle
DAY 11 – 1/2 Day Sightseeing in Pokhara, then return to Kathmandu
DAY 12 – Full Day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
DAY 13 – Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be met by your representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. You will be escorted to your hotel where there are complimentary welcome drinks and a short briefing with plenty of time to relax from your flight.
DAY 2 – Kathmandu: Your day will be spent visiting several of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is a great day to get a feel of the culture, spirituality and the beauty of the famed Kathmandu Valley. The Valley is larger than the country of Singapore and is known for its temples, shopping and great hospitality.
DAY 3 – Fly to Pokhara, ride to Dhampus (elev. 1650 m): The morning starts with a great breakfast at your hotel before departing for the airport to take a domestic flight to the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. It is around 35 minutes to Pokhara by air, but be sure to sit on the right-hand side in order to catch the best views of the Himalayas. The flight literally flies the backbone of the Himalayas, passing the ranges of Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu before arriving in the Annapurna Mountains. A private car will take us to our starting point for the trek at Phedi where we will climb stone staircases all the way to the village of Dhampus. The ride will take us past terraced farms that date back over 500 years, along with villages and through rhododendron and oak forests. At Dhampus, we will spend the night at a local hotel enjoying majestic views of the snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas. Trekking time is two hours.
DAY 4 –Ride to Landruk Village (elev. 1565 m): Today is a journey deep into the mountains on horseback as we enjoy incredible views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain) and Annapurna South. It is a quiet trail with the wind whistling through the forests as you listen to the sounds of the birds singing. Our destination is the small village of Landruk where we will spend the night in a local lodge. Trekking time is around 6 hours.
DAY 5 – Ride to Ghandruk (elev. 1940 m): It’s up for breakfast, then off on the trail. At first it is downhill as we head for Modi Khola River, crossing a bridge. It will then be a steep trail uphill, with our destination the Gurung village of Ghandruk. This is the largest settlement of the Gurung people in the western part of Nepal, and offers a fascinating museum that explains the local culture of these brave and friendly mountain people. Tonight will be a time to explore that rich culture as we spend the night in a local lodge. Travel time is 5 hours.
DAY 6 – Ride to Tadapani (elev. 2590 m): This is a day of rhododendron forests as you ride to the village of Tadapani. The first three hours is primarily forest, and if you come in March or April, this trail will be ablaze with flowers. The first destination is Bhaise Kharka where there are several local tea houses. Here we will have lunch, and then begin climbing upwards again until we reach Tadapani. This village offers some really close-up views of the mighty Annapurna Mountains. We will spend the night in a local lodge. Riding time is six hours.
DAY 7 – Ride to Ghorepani (elev. 2750 m): The trail goes downhill to where we cross a beautiful, swift flowing mountain stream on a wooden bridge. We pick up the trail to Deurali village as we ascend upwards to our lunch stop at Deurali. It is a great place to enjoy our lunch and give the horses a rest, because it will be a climb to the top of Deurali Pass (elev. 3160 m). It is an easy walk on the top where we will have great views of the snowcapped peaks and then its downhill to the village of Ghorepani. The name Ghorepani means “horse water" and for centuries has been a place to stop for the night as well as finding plenty of fresh water to water the horses. We will turn in early because the morning will be sunrise at Poon Hill. Riding time is 6 hours.
DAY 8 – Poon Hill, ride to Tatopani (elev. 1190 m): We will wake up well before dawn in order to make the early morning climb to the top of Poon Hill. It is about a 45 minutes to the top of Poon Hill in order to watch the rays of the effulgent sun rise above the mighty Himalayas. The skies are black, but soon the first rays illuminate the sky, turning the grey peaks to a beautiful reddish orange before the rising sun will bring out the brilliance of the white snow. Poon Hill is famous for its outstanding views and its sunrise is rarely rivaled anywhere else in the Himalayas. We return to Ghorepani for breakfast and then ride down to the hot springs of Tatopani where we will spend the night. On the way, we will stop at Photographer’s Paradise for the most outstanding place to take pictures of the Annapurna Mountains. Riding time is 7 hours, and we will spend the night at a local lodge. There will be an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs at Tatopani along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River.
DAY 9 – Ride to Ghaleshwor (elev. 1170 m): It’s the last day of riding, and today we will be following the Kali Gandaki River. We stop for lunch at the village of Tipling, and then it’s off to Ghaleshwor. This is a large Gurung community, known for the Ghale caste. This large village has a number of modern facilities along with a nice hotel. Say goodbye to your horse as you check in for the night.
DAY 10 – Travel to Pokhara (elev. 820 m): Today is about a five hour drive to Pokhara by private car by way of Beni village. We will have some time to relax around Lakeside in Pokhara as we spend the night at a Three Star Hotel.
DAY 11 – Half-Day Sightseeing in Pokhara, Return to Kathmandu: There is so much to see and do here in Pokhara. Take in the Buddhist Peace Pagoda with its incredible view of the mountains, lake and city. Or there are some caves to explore, hidden temples or a boat ride on Phewa Lake. There are endless possibilities for your half day excursion. From there, fly back to Kathmandu and enjoy a farewell dinner with cultural show. Spend the night in a Three Star Hotel.
DAY 12 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley: You spent your second day sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley, but that was not enough time to see everything. Now, you can see some of the other sites, including places like Bhaktapur and Changu Narayan. Spend the night again at your hotel.
DAY 13 – Departure: All good things must come to an end, and your trip to Nepal is no exception. Before leaving, why not talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about returning to Nepal for your next holiday. The vast majority of people make a return trip to Nepal because they are impressed by not only the beauty, but also the local people. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition offers trips into neighboring Tibet, Bhutan and India. Be sure to discuss your interests and plans with them today.
Your safety is of paramount importance while traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. However, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not be forced to make last minute changes due to weather conditions, health conditions or any member of the group, unexpected natural disasters, etc. The team leader will do everything possible to ensure that the trip runs according to plan. Be prepared for any last minute changes. The Himalayas are big and wild, and worthy of your respect.
For the Annapurna Panorama Lodge Trek, there will be a trek leader and Sherpa Porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers = 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can run this trek for groups of any size. Usually, we have found that the maximum number of trekkers in any group is 12 people.
All accommodations for the Annapurna Panorama Lodge Trek are on twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more.
We offer two types of accommodations on this trek. In Kathmandu you will stay four nights at a Three Star Hotel and in Pokhara one night. As there are no Three Star Hotels available on the trek, you will spend seven nights in standard tea houses. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.
All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.
Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional dal/bhat and momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty.
The trek does include a farewell dinner where you will experience a cultural show with music, dance and the finest of local foods. There is also a daily breakfast in hotels and on the trail.